Today's encouragement comes from 2 Chronicles 26:5b, where we read these words:
" . . . and as long as he [Uzziah] sought the LORD, God made him prosper."
Why is it, that we cannot seem to understand this very basic principle? So long as we seek the Lord, in His Son, and in the context of His church, we will "prosper." If we do *not* do this, we will not prosper. The reason we so often fail here, is because our faith is not as perfected as it should be. Our flesh tells us that "prosperity" may be had outside of Christ.
Even the great Uzziah ended up getting a bit "full of himself"; and though his life was blessed and prosperous, his pride took a bite out of him before he died, (cf. 2 Chron. 26:16). Let us churchmen be sure to humble ourselves be-fore the Lord—trusting in Him alone, and not in ourselves (at all).
[Puritan quote of the day: "When we preach Christ and free grace it is to bring you to Christ. Our preaching down of [or against] works is not to keep you from doing them but from resting in them.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gospel Remission"]